was wondering about the order of the ABC's. When did it come
about and where did it start?
thought this would be an easy one but with some inquiries and
a lot of research I find it to be an interesting and elusive
find the best and most detailed information in Donald M. Anderson's
book, "Calligraphy, The Art of Written Forms". The
alphabet actually gets its name from the first two letters of
the Greeks; alpha and beta.
we must go back to the Phoenicians who developed some of the
first alphabetic script about 1800 B.C. Anderson states that
no one has actually found an ABC sequence of this period in
any archelogical find that was more than a few letters but we
assume the order was formed for perhaps a mnemonic, (intended
to assist the memory) or its been speculated that it had something
to do with the importance of what the symbols represented.
M or MEM is the symbol for water which is way down the line
from B or BETH for throwing stick so I don't know!
thought is that they were phonetically grouped. The Hebrew and
Greek developed from the Phoenician and both had an established
order: Aleph, Beth, Gimel------Alpha, Beta, Gamma-----A, B,
Diringer, in he Story of Alpeh Beth, calls the whole subject
a "twilight between conjecture and certainty".